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Morning Wrap: 6/25/13

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

BART workers inch closer to possible strike, Mayor Lee supportive of George Lucas’ Presidio museum proposal, more critical press for Cal’s stadium renovation financing plan, more. 

Top of the news

BART workers are to vote today on whether to give union management authority to call a strike if union and management can’t work out a deal before a midnight Sunday deadline. Mercury News

Politics and government

The Alameda County Grand Jury issued a report concluding, as did the Oakland auditor’s report three months ago, that councilwoman Desley Brooks repeatedly interfered with city workers to get a teen center built as an example of how the council is unable to police itself. Chronicle

Gov. Jerry Brown rankles good government advocates again, this time by signing into law Monday a bill to block public access to his meetings with local officials on public security issues. Mercury News 

Mayor Lee offered his public support to George Lucas’ proposed $700 million art museum at the Presidio. Chronicle 

Oakland and Alameda will shell out more than $1 million and expunge the arrest records of protesters taken into custody during a 2010 rally to protest the killing of Oscar Grant III at the hands of a BART police officer. Oakland Tribune

Other news and items of interest

Mercury News’ sports writer Jon Wilner takes a turn writing about how Cal’s gigantic stadium renovation plan was financially flawed.

Considering how A’s management appears to have alienated Oakland, fans are supporting the team in a big way at the Coliseum this year. SF Business Times

The College of Marin Foundation, rocked by turmoil by poor financial management, has gone “dormant” and is in a “state of disarray,” a grand jury report concludes. Marin IJ

How fugitive NSA leaker Edward Snowden—so far—has managed to outfox the entire U. S. intelligence apparatus. LA Times

Film director George Lucas married Mellody Bobson in a ceremony at his Skywalker Ranch in Marin County over the weekend. ABC 7

A federal judge ordered the state to transfer thousands of inmates at risk of valley fever, including all African Americans, out of two Central Valley prisons with high rates of the disease. Chronicle

Redwood City-based Oracle will partner with longtime rival Microsoft to let business customers access some of its key products on cloud services provided by its longtime rival. Mercury News

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